We enjoyed some ?broojie? grilled sandwich with ham, cheese and honey mustard sauce. The bells in church tower were real and we heard and saw them ringing (not just a recording). Once again, Jeff is liking that everybody speaks English. They also seem to be happy to do so. We were warned about Amsterdam parking. Once we found the city, we parked very near the center and walked a short distance to the Rijks museum. Jeff and I toured the museum and he found many artists that he really enjoyed. Now we may venture to some of the LA museums to find more works by these artists.
We walked about town enjoying the sites. The day was perfect. We did have to feed the parking meter a few times, but we grabbed an Argentinian meal. On our way back toward the car, I spotted a Rick Steve's book on a couple's cafe table. Seeing as how, we had no info on Netherlands, I stopped and talked with them. The couple was just starting their holiday from San Diego.
There was a cute cafe (Hansel and Gretels) and we had a Dutch Pancake with apples. Yum. Then we followed the signs to Haarlem.
It only took about a half hour. We missed market day here. They were just cleaning up. We got parking right in front of a hotel. We registered and said hello to the cat at hotel Joops. The view from our room was the very large church. The town was bustling. We had a late dinner at Napoli in main square
It rained like hell today. This made the drive down the Mosel tiring. We had lunch at a roadside Italian restaurant. We then drove to Zell and checked into the Krantz Hotel. I had a bit of a rest, Jeff explored town. We then went to a weinprobe at the Zellar Schwarze Katze. We got two bottles. Then a german meal and early to be.
We then drive up the Mosel. We stop in a large town to take a picture of the Cochem castle. Then we drive up a very small road and hike on a very wet foot path to the Burg Eltz. This is a castle that has remained in the family for some 850 years and still is owned and maintained by the family. We took a tour. It was not lavish by Bavarian standards, but we liked it. It seemed more realistic.
We drove up the Mosel to Koblenz then down the Rhein. Lunch was a gyro. Then to Bacharach for a glass of wine and a farwell to the Rhein. Then to Frankfurt. Getting into Frankfurt was easier (Jeff was navigating this time). We returned the car and had dinner at an Euro Asian restaurant. Early rise time tomorrow.